18 Awesome Photos of the U.S. Air Force

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Maj. Aaron Lawson jumps from a C-17 Globemaster III Feb. 26, 2013, near Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam-Hawaii. The jump was filmed by veteran free-fall cameraman and skydiver cinematographer, Tom Sanders, and will be used in a scene on an upcoming episode of the television show "Hawaii Five-0." Lawson was given the opportunity to serve as a stunt double for actor Alex O'Loughlin who plays Steve McGarrett on the show and will be featured alongside Marine Corps Staff Sgt. John Phillips, SOCPAC jumper and parachute rigger, performing the free-fall jump. This episode will air April 15 on CBS at 10PM EST. Lawson is a Special Operations Command, Pacific jumper and special tactics officer.
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Sept. 18, 2013, 7:35 a.m.

The U.S. Air Force turns 66 today, so here are some amaz­ing pho­tos from its Flickr ac­count.

Staff Sgt. Mat­thew Han­lon, 438th Air Ex­ped­i­tion­ary Ad­vis­ory Squad­ron air ad­visor and aer­i­al gun­ner, scans ter­rain for pos­sible threats over Log­ar Province, Afgh­anistan, dur­ing a co­ali­tion mis­sion Ju­ly 29, 2013. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Mas­ter Sgt. Ben Bloker)
Mem­bers of the 191st Air Re­fuel­ing Squad­ron con­duct air re­fuel­ing op­er­a­tions with a C-17 Globe­mas­ter III from Joint Base Lewis-Mc­Chord, Wash., Sept. 9, 2013. The 191st ARS routinely sup­ports air op­er­a­tions across the west­ern United States from their home sta­tion in Salt Lake City, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tim Chacon/Re­leased)
Parares­cue­man Seni­or Air­man Jason Fisc­h­man hoists an Army tac­tic­al ex­plos­ive de­tec­tion dog in­to a HH-60G Pave Hawk dur­ing a joint res­cue train­ing scen­ario June 21, 2013, at Ba­gram Air­field, Afgh­anistan. This train­ing was a first for both branches and pre­pared them for fu­ture res­cue mis­sions. Fisc­h­man is de­ployed to 83rd Ex­ped­i­tion­ary Res­cue Squad­ron from Roy­al Air Force Laken­heath, Eng­land. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steph­enie Wade)
A U.S. Air Force Air­man from the 23rd Spe­cial Tac­tics Squad­ron jumps out of the back of a MH-47 Chinook heli­copter at Wyn­nehaven Beach, Fla., April 9, 2013. The 23rd STS partnered with 160th Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Avi­ation Re­gi­ment (Air­borne) to con­duct per­son­nel re­cov­ery train­ing us­ing al­tern­ate in­filt­ra­tion and ex­filtra­tion tech­niques. (U.S. Air Force photo by Air­man 1st Class Chris­toph­er Callaway)
JOINT BASE EL­MEN­D­ORF-RICHARD­SON, Alaska — An Air Force C-17 air­drops about 60 Army para­troop­ers in­to JBER’s Male­mute Drop Zone on April 17. (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Con­na­h­er)
Sev­er­al MC-130E Com­bat Talon I’s roll down the taxi­way for their fi­nal sorties on April 15 at Duke Field, Fla. The last five Com­bat Talons in the Air Force be­long to the 919th Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Wing and were re­tired from ser­vice dur­ing a ce­re­mony on April 25. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)
Tech. Sgt. An­drew Gravett walks along the top of a C-17 Globe­mas­ter III while wear­ing a safety har­ness as he does a routine main­ten­ance check of the air­craft June 4, 2013, at Joint Base Char­le­ston, S.C. The first C-17 to enter the Air Force’s in­vent­ory ar­rived at Char­le­ston Air Force Base in June 1993. The C-17 is cap­able of rap­id stra­tegic de­liv­ery of troops and all types of cargo to main op­er­at­ing bases or dir­ectly to for­ward bases in the de­ploy­ment area. Gravett is a crew chief as­signed to the 437th Air­craft Main­ten­ance Squad­ron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Seni­or Air­man Den­nis Sloan)
A U.S. Army UH-60L Black­hawk takes off at Fair­field, Utah, June 20, 2012. The Sol­diers are con­duct­ing prac­tice jumps in or­der to pre­pare for a fu­ture ex­er­cise. The heli­copter is flown by Sol­diers of Det. 2, Com­pany C, 1st Gen­er­al Sup­port Avi­ation Bat­talion, 171st Avi­ation Re­gi­ment. (U.S. Air Force photo/Seni­or Air­man Al­len Stokes)
Maj. Aaron Lawson jumps from a C-17 Globe­mas­ter III Feb. 26, 2013, near Joint Base Pearl Har­bor Hickam-Hawaii. The jump was filmed by vet­er­an free-fall cam­era­man and sky­diver cine­ma­to­graph­er, Tom Sanders, and will be used in a scene on an up­com­ing epis­ode of the tele­vi­sion show “Hawaii Five-0.” Lawson was giv­en the op­por­tun­ity to serve as a stunt double for act­or Alex O’Lough­lin who plays Steve Mc­Gar­rett on the show and will be fea­tured along­side Mar­ine Corps Staff Sgt. John Phil­lips, SOCPAC jump­er and para­chute rig­ger, per­form­ing the free-fall jump. This epis­ode will air April 15 on CBS at 10PM EST. Lawson is a Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Com­mand, Pa­cific jump­er and spe­cial tac­tics of­ficer. (Photo/Tom Sanders)
1st Lt. Drew Parks com­mu­nic­ates with a Navy F/A-18 Su­per Hor­net sup­port­ing Op­er­a­tion Spartan Shield Sept. 11, 2012, in South­w­est Asia. Joint ter­min­al at­tack con­trol­lers es­tab­lish and main­tain com­mand and con­trol com­mu­nic­a­tions, con­trol air traffic, nav­al gun fire and provide pre­ci­sion ter­min­al at­tack guid­ance of U.S. and co­ali­tion close air sup­port. Parks is a joint ter­min­al at­tack con­trol­ler as­signed to the 82nd Ex­ped­i­tion­ary Air Sup­port Op­er­a­tions Squad­ron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonath­an Snyder)
1920s — Capt. Low­ell Smith and Lt. John P. Richter, made the first mid-air re­fuel­ing, June 1923, at Rock­well Field. (U.S. Air Force archive photo)
1970s — A U.S. Mar­ine and a U.S. Air Force parares­cue­man from the 40th Aerospace Res­cue and Re­cov­ery Squad­ron (in wet suit) run for a U.S. Air Force heli­copter dur­ing an as­sault on Koh Tang Is­land to res­cue the U.S. Mer­chant ship May­aguez and its crew May 15, 1975. (U.S. Air Force archive photo)
Para­chut­ists with the U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue Para­chute Com­pet­i­tion Team at­tempt to set a three-point, 32-way col­lege re­cord dur­ing a jump com­pet­i­tion Dec. 28, 2011, through Jan. 2, 2012, over Eloy, Ar­iz. Wings of Blue teams won mul­tiple medals at the com­pet­i­tion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Mike Love)
An Alaska Air Na­tion­al Guard parares­cue­man per­forms a high-alti­tude jump from a Coast Guard C-130 Her­cules dur­ing a train­ing mis­sion June 23, 2011, above Joint Base El­men­d­orf-Richard­son, Alaska. (U.S. Air Force photo by Air­man 1st Class Jack Sanders)
A KC-135 Stra­totanker re­fuels an F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con over Afgh­anistan, on Dec. 22, 2012. The F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con de­ployed from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., re­ceived fuel to con­duct mis­sions in sup­port of Op­er­a­tion En­dur­ing Free­dom. The KC-135 Stra­totanker is from the 340th Ex­ped­i­tion­ary Air Re­fuel­ing Squad­ron. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ash­ley Reed)
Staff Sgt. Ash­ley Dav­in low crawls through the mud in Ames­bury, Mass., Aug. 11, 2012. Dav­in was par­ti­cip­at­ing in the Spartan Race, test­ing her strength, en­dur­ance and re­si­li­ence against a course of chal­len­ging obstacles. Dav­in is as­signed to the 102nd Se­cur­ity Forces Squad­ron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Seni­or Air­man Jeremy Bow­cock)
Mas­ter Sgt. Mi­chael Atkins of the 48th Res­cue Squad­ron is lowered to the wa­ter by Chief Mas­ter Sgt. Ken­neth Price, 563rd Res­cue Group su­per­in­tend­ent, to res­cue an in­jured sur­viv­or dur­ing Ex­er­cise Res­ol­ute An­gel. The ex­er­cise, hos­ted by Laugh­lin Air Force Base, Texas, was con­duc­ted in pre­par­a­tion for the up­com­ing hur­ricane sea­son. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Mas­ter Sgt. Heath­er Cab­ral)
U.S. Air Force Academy ca­dets with the Air Force Wings of Blue Para­chute Com­pet­i­tion Team per­form at the U.S. Para­chut­ing As­so­ci­ation’s na­tion­al cham­pi­on­ships Nov. 3, 2011, in Eloy, Ar­iz. The “Air Force In­trep­id” com­pet­i­tion team took first place in the four-per­son in­ter­me­di­ate free-fly­ing event. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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